Spined Predatory Shield Bug
Adult: ventral
Ellura
Gum-tree Shield Bug
S9: dorsal
 
    
Spined Predatory Shield Bug (Oechalia schellenbergii)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Stink Bug (Pentatomidae)
Species: Spined Predatory Shield Bug (Oechalia schellenbergii)
This Photo:     Pale Morph Nymph: dorsal
Other name: Schellenberg's Soldier Bug

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~8mm long.
As the common name suggests it has spines (that lift up and back from the shoulders).
It preys on & consumes insect larvae.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Feb-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.